Limitless as a neuro-pharmaceutical experiment and as a Daseinsanalyse: on the use of fiction in preparatory debates on cognitive enhancement

@article{Zwart2014LimitlessAA,
  title={Limitless as a neuro-pharmaceutical experiment and as a Daseinsanalyse: on the use of fiction in preparatory debates on cognitive enhancement},
  author={Hub A. E. Zwart},
  journal={Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy},
  year={2014},
  volume={17},
  pages={29-38}
}
  • H. Zwart
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
Limitless is a movie (released in 2011) as well as a novel (published in 2001) about a tormented author who (plagued by a writer’s block) becomes an early user of an experimental designer drug. The wonder drug makes him highly productive overnight and even allows him to make a fortune on the stock market. At the height of his career, however, the detrimental side-effects become increasingly noticeable. In this article, Limitless is analysed from two perspectives. First of all, building on the… Expand

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